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The 2013 FIFA Under-17 World Cup: The Quarter-Finals

The 2013 FIFA Under-17 World Cup: The Quarter-Finals

By on Nov 4, 2013 in International Football, Latest | 0 comments

So. Farewell, then, a Brazil/Nigeria Under-17 World Cup final. As I predicted here, Mexico had next-to-no chance of beating Brazil. So they did. Just to spite me. And Eurosport’s Wayne Boyce was left almost tearfully lamenting the loss of “the dream final.” Boyce’s commentary colleague Tim Caple had breathlessly recommended to viewers of Sweden’s surprisingly...

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The FIFA Under-17 World Cup: The Second Round

The FIFA Under-17 World Cup: The Second Round

By on Oct 31, 2013 in International Football, Latest | 0 comments

The odds against a Brazil/Nigeria final in the Under-17 World Cup are now shorter than a jockey. For all my talk of “dark horses” in this tournament, the second round revealed a gulf in pace, power, technique – and any other Alan Hansen-ism you might care to quote – between the Selecao, the Golden Eaglets and the rest. It was a curate’s egg of a second...

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The Republic of Ireland: International Football As Tragi-Comedy

The Republic of Ireland: International Football As Tragi-Comedy

By on Oct 18, 2013 in International Football, Latest | 0 comments

Appearances can deceive greatly. On Sunday, I watched my team – who have had such a good start to the season that they are starting to becomeperennially known as “high-flying Kingstonian” – beat Ryman League strugglers Thamesmead Town by a largely expected margin of 4-1. The Thamesmead goalkeeper, the delightfully-named Bob Budd, was responsible for the...

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Rangers: Dave King – More Than Glib & Shameless

By on Oct 15, 2013 in Latest, Scottish Football | 0 comments

The still potential return of Dave King to the Ibrox boardroom has provided a boost to the number of Northern Hemisphere hits received by various previously obscure South African business & finance websites. And if ‘Google’ employs people to monitor such things, those people will be scratching their heads at the concentration of search entries for “glib and...

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Rangers: More Money Madness

Rangers: More Money Madness

By on Oct 8, 2013 in Finance, Latest, Scottish Football | 0 comments

The news that Rangers International Football Club plc (RIFC) lost, on average, £1.1m-per-month in its first financial accounting period, wasn’t “news” to everyone. A number of bloggers alleged to be “Rangers-haters” said “the figures don’t add up” as soon as the new Rangers set-up started playing last July. To others, this was confirmed by RIFC’s “interim” accounts...

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